Medical travel to Hungary
Medical travel, commonly referred to as medical tourism, has been around for a long time and continues to grow with an ever-greater number of people choosing to travel abroad to access good quality care. Hungary has established itself as one of the leading medical travel destinations in Europe with an estimated 40% of European dental patients seeking treatment abroad travelling to Hungary to receive care.
Being less than a 3-hour flight from London, and with potential savings of up to 70% on certain treatments, it is no surprise that Hungary is a prime location for many UK patients considering medical treatment abroad.
Hungary is a central European country that is also a member of European Union, boarding Slovakia, Ukraine, Austria, Romania, Seribia, Croatia and Slovenia. With a population of around 10 million people, it is one of the smaller European states.
Hungary joined the European union in 2004 and has been a part of the Schengen zone since 2007. Known for its significant contributions to arts, music, sports, science and technology, it is one of the highest ranked tourism destination attracting over 14 million tourists a year.
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and is one of the biggest and most densely populated cities in the Europe Union with a population of just over 1.7 million. Budapest is considered the heart and soul of Hungary with its grand history and it cultural heritage.
Today Budapest, and Hungary in general, leads the way for central and eastern Europe in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. Thanks to these achievements Hungary is ranked one of the fasted developing countries in Europe.
Hungary healthcare system
The national healthcare system of Hungary is based closely on the national healthcare service of the UK. People traveling to Hungary for healthcare services can expect to receive a high standard of care, not just because the system is based of the UK system, but because of the high standards enforced by the European Union.
Although there are some prominent state-run hospitals and clinics, most top hospitals and clinics in Hungary are privately owned and operated. Private hospitals usually have state of the art facilities, medical equipment and use the most advanced technologies to treat patients.
All healthcare clinics and hospital in Hungary are accredited by the local health ministry and the State National Health Commission and Medical Service. Hungary has only one facility accredited by the JCI, but there are many other clinics that are recognised by the CQC in the UK. Some care providers have also been certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Popular treatments in Hungary
The results of such a procedure can be positive. Not only will you notice a significant drop in weight, but you should see a general improvement in disorders associated with obesity like blood pressure and diabetes.
A broad field of medicine, cosmetic surgery can be carried out to change and improve a variety of conditions on a number of different parts of the body, including the face, body and breasts.
One of the most popular treatments carried out in Hungary, dentistry can be one of the most straightforward treatments to have abroad.
Couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a significant period of time but haven’t succeeded may consider having fertility treatment. The rate of success will vary depending on the cause of the problem and the treatments available.
Baldness is a very common problem of a lot of men. Implant treatments abroad are very popular due to the significant cost savings available to patients.
By altering the shape of the cornea to adjust the way light enters the eye, it’s possible to correct visual imperfections like short sight, long sight and astigmatism.
Eye care is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not matter the age. Cataracts, retina treatments and corneal diseases are some of the conditions that can be treated by your ophthalmologist.
Traveling to Hungary for treatment
Each year around 700,000 British nationals travel to Hungary. Flight time is usually 2.5/3 hours from London.
Before travelling ensure you have purchased private travel insurance. Although travel insurance will not assist with the cost of medical travel or any treatment complication you may experience, it can help with any unanticipated incidences that may occur during your travel to and from Hungary
While in Hungary make sure you carry your passport with you. You must be able to show proof of ID when requested. Photocopies are not an acceptable form of ID.
Find the right care provider
The best way to find the right care provider is to contact them directly and have them answer your questions. Get in touch with multiple care providers if you must to compare services offered and ensure the best decision for you is made.
Meeting consultants, in person or over a telephone conference before your procedure is also very important. Do not be afraid to ask some probing questions about the doctor, consultant and the hospital or clinic.
Here are some questions you may consider asking:
- What experience do you have in this area of medicine?
- What are your qualifications?
- When did you receive training?
- Where were you trained?
- How much experience do they have on the specific treatment or surgery you need?
- Can they provide any statistics on post operation complications?
- Can they provide testimonials and allow you to contact past patients?
- How much does the consultation cost?
- How much does the procedure cost?
- What payment options are available to you?
- What is their cancellation policy in case you are not able to go ahead with the procedure?
- What is the patient satisfaction score?
- Are the hospital return to theatre rates published?
- What are the accreditation standards the hospital or clinic meets?
- What after care support services are available?
- What cost implications are their if there are complications with the procedure?
How can we help you?
At Mhc, we encourage informed decision making when it comes to healthcare. Quite often it can be difficult to find the information you need or trust the reliability of sources providing the information. Although we don’t give any healthcare advice or recommendations, we strive to breaks downs barriers and strengthen communication with medical experts who can help.
Finding your care provide
Search our database of healthcare providers in Hungary and contact them directly for information on the treatment you’re interested in. Alternatively tell us what you’re looking for through our contact form and we’ll find the appropriate care providers and get them to give information about treatments and their services.
Contacting and communicating with your care provider
If you’re satisfied with the information you receive and want to continue the conversation, we can help arrange a call or an online consultation to discuss your needs and the available treatment options in more detail.
Booking your treatment
Once you’re happy to proceed with the treatment, we can work with you and the care provider to confirm an appointment for you to go in for treatment.
Coordination and logistics of having treatment
Working with the care provider, or using our own logistical resources, we can help to plan and schedule your trip.
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